Local Gun Show Sees Record Attendance

By: Kristin Bauer Email
By: Kristin Bauer Email

Roger Schorn bought his first gun in the early 80s. Now he sells them, and he wants to keep it that way.

"Trying to ban them will not do anything at all,” said Schorn. “They will get a gun some way or another, or they may use something else.”

Thousands packed the Lancaster County Event Center this weekend for one of the biggest gun shows organizers have ever seen.

“Because of that last shooting,” he said. “[People] are out getting these guns while they can. It's a big buying frenzie. A year ago, I sold 22 guns on Saturday. Yesterday, I sold 65."

Larry Pryor has also been buying and selling guns for more than 30 years.

“They said yesterday, we had about 4,000 people,” said Pryor. “That’s probably about double what we normally do on a Saturday.”

Vendors at the show said it’s because gun owners fear President Obama's attempt to ban assault weapons, and high capacity magazines. He also wants to add more background checks for gun purchases.

"The political environment is something that has caused people to believe they need guns now in case they're going to be banned," said Ardis Moody, a secretary and treasurer of the Rock Creek Renegades. The Renegades sponsored the gun show.

Vendors also said and there is no need for more gun control laws.

“Right now, they have to get background checks to get permits,” said Schorn. “Everything is documented. You don't get a permit if you have any criminal record. There are laws as to what a person can do and what they can't do.”

Statistics from the Lancaster County Sherriff’s Office show they are processing more than 100 gun permits a day.

So far this year, they have had more requests for permits than in the first six months of 2012, but some said people are over-reacting.

“From what I've heard most people think it's going to calm down and probably fall through,” said Pryor, “but just in case, I think they're stocking up."


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